*ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
“You can’t just walk away when someone needs a hero.”
This is Amelinda’s second novel and I have to say that she completely wowed me to no end. I just finished this book less than 20 minutes ago and I’m still reeling from the relentless attacks to my heart so this may be all over the place.
This book follows Skye right as her little sister, Deirdre, goes missing. We get to see how her family is changed completely and how she handles it from there. This book is told in three parts and it weaves through her past with her sister and the present, without her. I really loved seeing how her relationship with her sister developed and finding out what caused it to change so much. It was super easy to see the change in Skye between the past and present and I liked that a lot.
I do have to say that Deirdre overshadowed Skye in most of this novel. I was completely hooked on her character and wanted to dissect her every action completely. I wanted to get in her head and know what made her act the way she did. I can’t even put into words just how intriguing she was, I didn’t dare blink whenever there was a scene with her in fear of missing any little detail that gave away her motivation away.
I don’t have much to say about the first half of this novel except that I had a strong dislike for Skye and how she treated her little sister. It seemed so cruel that it was borderline unrealistic to me. I don’t know if it’s because I adore my siblings and would never EVER complain about them and treat them the way Skye treated hers but I can’t see someone being that cruel in real life. Maybe I don’t understand other sibling relationships? I don’t know. I can’t forgive her cause of her age either since I didn’t act like this when I was a teenager. Anyway, I really disliked her but the story itself was super slow in pace and it didn’t really pick up until the second half.
Skye eventually grew on me but that doesn’t mean I liked her any more than I did in the first half. I respected her as a character but I was not okay with the things she did along the way. That’s not a bad thing at all though, it’s a huge reason why I have so much respect for her. She does what I could never do if I were ever faced with her situation. (Or maybe I would, I don’t know and I never will unless I experience it myself. It’s what I loved most about this book. It made me exhaust every possibility in my head of how the story would unfold while still keeping me on my toes.) She was definitely more intriguing in the last half and I massively enjoyed following her journey.
Also, I have a favorite character and I’m not going to mention their gender or their name so it doesn’t spoil anything. Let’s just say they are not Sky or Deirdre. They were my absolute favorite character in this book and it broke my heart to see the way they were treated. I cried so hard for them, every sliver of pain, no matter how small, that befell them tore me to pieces. I am in love with their character and I wish we could get a book solely following them after the events in this novel. I want to see more of them and their beautiful, kind soul that has now stolen my heart forever. I can’t stop wishing I had the power to hold them and wash their pain away.
I also fell in love with the atmosphere in this novel. I wanted to desperately get sucked into it whenever it was described to me. I really love the way Amelinda’s descriptions bring the world around her characters to life. I am now holding on to hope for fanart of this book. I feel like some scenes would be beyond perfect if they were illustrated. This book is also being compared to Blair Witch Project and now I really want to watch it to tide me over this slump I see coming due to this book. It ripped my heart to pieces and it’s going to take me a while to bounce back from all I just went through.
I honestly can’t wait to see what else Amelinda’s mind has in store for us!